Alright, I have hidden it for nearly 80 blog posts now, but my favorite actor of all time is Al Pacino. I know, I know, I’m 22 years old, and he’s an old fart compared to me, but his movies speak for themselves, and he is an actor that will go down in history for some incredibly well known roles. My admiration for him inspired me to create my Xbox Live gamer tag (al picino) that I have had going on 7 years now. And if your asking it, yes, fans of his work have added me as a friend before, but generally I’m not bothered, especially considering I had to misspell his name for the gamer tag.
So here is a review of one of the many amazing Al Pacino movies, 1993’s “Carlito’s Way”.
Carltio Brigante (Al Pacino) has lived a life of crime, and now he is being released from prison after serving five years (of his 30 year sentence) thanks to his lawyer, David Kleinfeld (Sean Penn). Carlito is now vowing to move on with his life, getting out and away from his old habits. Old associates, and current pals, prevent him from being able to do this, and he is almost immediately sucked back in, no matter how firm he tries to be about his future.
Evaluation: I love the cast. In the picture above we see Penn and Pacino on the right, and over on the left we see (in the black suit sitting down) James Rebhorn who played District Attorney Bill Norwalk. Rebhorn was known for various different roles in his career and you have likely seen him before in other films. He recently passed away at age 65.
My favorite aspect of the plot is how Carlito’s lawyer, David, becomes consumed by greed and power. He wants much more than a taste of the criminal life, and I was fascinated by his changes in behavior throughout the movie. And once again, Pacino plays another experienced criminal who knows all the wrong people. I like how his heart is in the right place. He knows he wants out, and he is in love with a girl who he wants to spend his life with, but teaching an old dog new tricks isn’t so simple.
(NEW) Entertainment: 10/10
Total Abstract Rating: 90% (Rounded up) It’s an excellent 90’s crime movie with a cast that fits very well.
Thank you for reading.